Monday afternoon update from NCDOT - N.C. 12 from the Marc Basnight Bridge (Oregon Inlet) to Rodanthe is still closed as sections of the Outer Banks road are covered with sand and water due to dune breaches and ocean overwash. Conditions remain poor on N.C. 12 and ocean overwash is continuing to inundate the road with water. N.C. Department of Transportation crews are assessing impacts and continuing to clear the road of sand caused by dune breaches between Rodanthe and Oregon Inlet. Officials are not sure when it will be safe to reopen N.C. 12. The last winds from this weekend’s strong storm are forecast to exit the coast later today. NCDOT will continue to provide updates on N.C. 12 as new information is available.
The process of adopting new, revised flood maps is a lengthy process established and managed by FEMA. The State of North Carolina has produced the revised flood maps in conjunction with FEMA. The adoption process usually takes two years or more from the release of the preliminary maps to the local government to the time the final maps is adopted by the local government.The preliminary maps were released to Dare County on June 30, 2016. The timeline below illustrates the steps in the process, and what steps have been completed and what steps are remaining to be completed. Dare County is waiting to receive the final versions of the flood maps from FEMA and North Carolina.